Hospital staffer admits to lying about genetic cancer tests
Jul. 20, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former hospital staffer has acknowledged to lying about cancer tests to 124 patients he tested at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Sixty-two-year-old Floyd Benko pleaded guilty Wednesday in Harrisburg federal court to false statement charges. The U.S. Attorney's office says Benko lied to patients about following standard operating procedures in regard to genetic tests.
The gene mutation tests are designed to help doctors tailor cancer treatments. Prosecutors say Benko failed to preform mandatory steps in the tests and lied about them.
Benko will now pay about $70,000 in restitution in accordance with a plea agreement. A sentencing date has not been set.